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The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom (1993)

Err, the title is almost a summary itself. Based on the true story of a Texas mom who tries to hire a hitman (through her ex's brother) to kill either or both a cheerleader and her mother. ... See full summary »

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Err, the title is almost a summary itself. Based on the true story of a Texas mom who tries to hire a hitman (through her ex's brother) to kill either or both a cheerleader and her mother. With the intended victims out of the way, Wanda's daughter gets the chance to become a cheerleader. When the media get hold of the story, Wanda's trial turns into a media circus. Written by Rob Hartill

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She wanted to give her daughter the best shot at being a cheerleader... The things you do for your kids.


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Someone discusses possibility of an exploding baton, an in-joke reference to gag from director Michael Ritchie's 1975 movie Smile (1975). See more »

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Wanda's voice on tape describes Verna's vehicle as a "1995 Grand Marquis." The film takes place in 1991. See more »

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Terry Harper: The truth is like iodine. It only helps if it hurts.
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credits end with "Finally, no spiders or cheerleaders were killed in the making of this movie" See more »

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References Donahue (1967) See more »

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Gospel Lovin' Mama
Lyrics by Michael Ritchie
Music by Lucy Simon
Sung by Paul Evans
Arranged by John Miller
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A positively excellent movie about a true story.
20 April 2002 | by (Dallas) – See all my reviews

When the story of Wanda Holloway's arrest for soliciting the murder of her daughter's rival cheerleader and the cheerleader's mother hit the news here in Texas, it was absolutely bizarre on one hand, but sooo Texas on the other. How does something like this happen, I mean, who ARE these people?

Michael Ritchie does an outstanding job of explaining this in his scathingly hilarious movie. These characters are so Texan! (But not representative of us all, mind you!). Holly Hunter, a born Texan, is brilliant as Wanda Hollow. I can't think of anyone else who could have played the character. There are excellent performances from everyone, actually.

Maybe it helps to live in Texas to fully appreciate the movie. But as you watch it, just remember that this is a true story about real people, and their characterizations are probably not overly exaggerated. Y'all enjoy!


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